Rebounders classes are open to children with any type of need or disability that would prevent them from attending a normal leisure centre trampoline class, or would put them at a disadvantage and therefore under pressure and stressed in such a class. This may be for physical, learning, behavioural or communication based reasons.
“Rebounders does an amazing job. Our students always really enjoy their session. Not only are they providing them with a form of exercise but they help the students to remember routines and encourage them with counting. Highly recommend Rebounders for all abilities.”
Sally James Beechwood College
Trampolining for All
Rebounders members range from those attending mainstream schools with mild coordination, language or learning difficulties, to those attending special schools with little or no mobility, speech or understanding. Siblings are also welcome to attend classes. There is a lot of emphasis nowadays on the importance of inclusion, but we have found from experience that children are much more relaxed, and therefore more responsive when working in a group with others of similar ages and abilities, than when having to try to keep up with their more able or coordinated peers. Their enjoyment is also much greater if they are not constantly feeling under pressure. This is especially so with children from mainstream schools, who struggle to keep up in all physical activities in school (and who often dread school sports days), as they are aware of their limitations and the fact that they are “not quite as good as the others”. One Mother told us how her son used to complain to her that his legs didn’t work properly as he always struggled to keep up in School, but how his attitude changed after receiving his first trampoline badge, as he now had his own sport that he could boast about in school!
Developing and improving
Once the children become more able and their coordination improves, they have the option of joining a more intensive hour and a half class, competing in special needs or mainstream competitions etc. A number have even been signed off by their Physio’s or OT’s due to the improvements they have shown, and this has been very encouraging.
The other side of the classes are those children with more severe needs or disabilities who may not show dramatic improvements on the trampoline but who, nevertheless, can be equally proud of their achievements, and witnessing the joy when a child jumps unsupported for the first time, is able to show a star shape, can find the cross in the middle of the trampoline on their own, etc is very satisfying. Often, too, this is the only form of exercise these children have, so it also beneficial in raising their heart rate, working their limbs and muscles etc. and for wheelchair clients, gives them some freedom from the confines of their chair, enables them to experience a new sensation, and helps to stimulate their internal organs.